Everyone’s keen to know how someone became successful. They either want to follow the same footsteps or to get inspired to create their own path towards success.
Success cannot be inherited or acquired. But it can be earned.
Success can be earned by fine-tuning your habits and thoughts. Your attitude towards life can make you successful when it is combined with the right efforts taken at the right time. It makes sense to study the successful people closely to understand what traits they have in common other than their achievements.
When Stephen R Covey wrote his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in 1989, he was convinced that if it reaches the right audience, it would help them significantly to reach their goals.
The book went far beyond its own goals that were set and today, more than 25 years later and over 10 million books sold, Covey has become a phenomenon along with his book that talks about success.
Aristotle rightly said – “We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” So what ultimately can make you become successful?
Is it all about confidence, or is there an element of luck to add?
Whatever it may be, it ultimately burns down to those 7 ultimate habits that Covey points out, that make someone so effective. Here’s an insight into those 7 critical habits and how they help:
1. Get down to business
Yes, the first and foremost habit is to be proactive. Keep changing with time and trends to stay in demand. Successful people rarely wait for the right opportunity. They make an opportunity of the right situation and get successful.
There are people who keep looking at their opportunities and complain, but the successful ones grab the opportunities or create them. That’s the point of being proactive. Do not miss an opportunity, if there’s none, create one!
2. Aim your goal and draw your path to it
Stay focused! That’s very important to become successful. Draw your goals first and draw your path to reach the goal. There are plenty of apps to help you plan, set and achieve goals. That way, you will know what lies ahead and be prepared to face the toughest challenges.
But you will definitely reach your goal if you stay focused. Working forward without an aim is like throwing a stone at an apple tree.
It might fetch you the apple or hit the bee’s comb! It is a huge chance that you are taking with your life. While aiming the stone carefully, you will make sure that you don’t disturb the bee comb and risk your life.
The same works with successful people. They have their goals precisely set and stay focused on their path. While working on any project, you can plan only with the goals set. Without a plan, there’s no way you can go forward successfully.
Setting the priorities is as important as setting the goals. There may be many goals that require equal attention and importance. But you need to weigh the pros and cons and also study how each goal will take you closer to the ultimate aim of your life.
This is a part of staying focused on your goal and path and sticking to them throughout. Paradigm shifts are inevitable in many cases, but you can always rescript the path or rework on your plans.
4. Abundance Mentality
A positive mentality is a must for anyone to become successful. Positivity can take you forward without pulling the others down while you move forward.
It makes better sense to opt for a win-win situation rather than a lose-lose situation. Even through competitions, the successful people will work out collaborations that will benefit both instead of suffering from competition.
When you give space to your competitor to grow and use that growth for yourself to grow, it becomes an abundance mentality which creates a win-win situation.
Your competitor may not lose in order for you to win. You can collaborate and still have a competitive edge over your contenders.
5. Know what you are talking about
Be ready to give before seeking what’s for you to gain. This is very important since you tend to gain more when you give. Take the simple case of knowledge sharing.
The more you share, the more you gain. Train your employees; give them that competitive advantage over your opponent’s employees.
They will create bigger wins for you if you handle them tactfully. Instead of using your campaigns to promote your products, convey how the customer can use them and benefit from them.
This will create the curiosity which makes the campaign more interesting and successful.
The winners always have the best team and teamwork. It requires the successful people to be leaders and mentors rather than being bosses.
Create the win-win culture in the team and let them also collaborate with each other, for the benefit of the end result or product.
This will work much better than competing with each other to win the corporate rat-race. Good leaders will be good listeners and also give the rightful credits to the team instead of owning it all.
7. Stay organized
Staying organized is important to be successful in many aspects.
An organized lifestyle makes sure you develop a healthy mind and body which can keep you striving hard and determined to think differently and efficiently.
There are plenty of productivity as well as project management methodologies which help you to keep things in order, you can try one of them.
Efficient thinking and quick actions will make you effective.
Staying organized at work gets your job done faster. They take a vacation or break often to get rejuvenated. This makes them more productive.
There’s more to add to the habits of successful people if you look around. One of them is that they are ever so ready to embrace the change. Quoting Charles Darwin
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
This stands true for the successful people too. Another interesting habit is that they do not blindly follow the crowd. The effective people believe in ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking rather than conventional thinking. Innovative ideas drive them to success.
These may seem minor or irrelevant initially, but when you start adding the odds, it will turn out to be the best knit behavioral pattern you will noticeably find in all those successful people. Those are the traits to follow and nurture.
In effect, successful people are those who create opportunities and stay focused on reaching their well-defined goals.
- They prioritize their interim goals or milestones to align with their ultimate goal optimally.
- They would rather look at win-win situations and collaborate with their competitors rather than running a rat-race.
- The effective people know what they are talking about and are great listeners.
- They lead their team to success by encouraging them to collaborate with each other creating win-win situations.
- They stay organized and are always adaptive to trends and changes that are imminent.
- They never follow the crowd or think conventionally.
- They are change-makers and strive to bring up innovative ideas that make them successful.